“Hits the Spot” Springtime Soup

7 Jun

This soup will turn your Fairview Gardens Farm Share into a delicious meal. You can also add ingredients from last week, such as green garlic or cabbage.  Throw in some beans or diced up chicken, and dinner is done!

  1. Wash and chop all the vegetables.
  2. Warm a big soup pot on your stove. Add some type of fat (butter or olive oil). Fry the leeks, green garlic, onions, or anything else from the Allium family.
  3. Add the hearty  vegetables and gently cook, until softened (such as carrots and fennel).
  4. Add fresh herbs (such as basil,  parsley, savory, bay leaf).
  5. Add liquid (such as broth, some white wine, and water).
  6. Add starch (such as cooked pasta, potatoes, cooked beans*, rice).
  7. Add delicate vegetables (zucchini, cabbage, tomatoes).
  8. Add quick cooking vegetables (chard, green beans, collards, arugula).
  9. Add flavorful garnish (basil leaf, spoon of garlic mayo, grated Parmesan, butter, pesto, or great quality olive oil). Croutons and fresh herbs are also nice.

My favorite beans to add to this soup are cannellini, Great Northern, navy beans, and if I’m feeling crazy, garbanzo beans.

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